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Johns Creek man picks up $1M Powerball prize in Buford

Johns Creek man picks up $1M Powerball prize in Buford

ATLANTA – A winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million has emerged in Gwinnett County for a lucky north Fulton County man. Dean Tapp of Johns Creek matched the first five winning numbers from the Sept. 20 Powerball drawing, tapping a $1 million prize.

The Quik Pik ticket was purchased at QuikTrip, 4080 Buford Drive in Buford.

Tapp, 64, said he discovered that he’d won while checking his tickets at the store.

“On the last try, it came up that I’d won something,” Tapp said.

A grandfather of three, Tapp has two adult children and is the owner of a manufacturing company in Suwanee.

The lucky winner intends to help his children financially, donate a portion to charity and pay off his home mortgage.

Winning numbers from the Sept. 20 Powerball drawing were: 22-23-30-37-39 and the Powerball was 16.

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is at an estimated $225 million to a single annuity winner.

Winning lottery ticket worth $250K sold in Suwanee

Winning lottery ticket worth $250K sold in Suwanee

ATLANTA – A winning All or Nothing ticket with a quarter-million dollar prize was sold in Suwanee. The All or Nothing ticket matched none of the 12 numbers drawn from the Sept. 20 night drawing for a prize of $250,000.

QuikTrip at 3359 Highway 317 sold the lucky Quik Pik ticket.

The winner, Nilofar Callan of Suwanee, claimed her prize Monday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

All or Nothing is a $2 game that offers prizes of up to $250,000 with four daily drawings.

Players can win the top prize by matching all or none of the 12 numbers drawn.

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

11Alive Ways to Save reporter Valerie Hoff has some of the best tax-free weekend deals. Find out how to get the most bang for your buck.

Pike Nurseries to hold terrarium classes

Pike Nurseries to hold terrarium classes

(WXIA) -- Pike Nurseries is offering two classes for customers who want to bring the outdoors into their homes.

On Saturday, July 19, Pike shoppers can attend a free terrarium and fairy garden class, where they will learn how to create and maintain glass gardens.

The class is free and will be held at every Pike Nurseries location at 9 a.m.

A similar class geared toward children will be hosted Wednesday, July 23 at 10 a.m., also at every Pike store. Children will make their own fairy gardens to take home. The class costs $14.99 per child.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information and to find your nearest Pike.

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Staples customers have the chance to appear in a nationwide commercial for the office supply chain.

Staples is holding a Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest. Kids, teens, parents and grandparents can enter by submitting their best videos of them doing the "shopping cart dance."

The contest winners will star in a national back-to-school campaign, and will also receive a $250 Staples gift card.

To enter, visit staples.com/shoppingcartdance. Entrants must film themselves dancing to the commercial song, which is available on the website.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, June 23 at 5 p.m.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Pike Nurseries to host customer appreciation event

Pike Nurseries to host customer appreciation event

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Pike Nurseries locations will say thank you to their loyal customers this weekend with a special cookout.

On Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pike will serve cold drinks and fresh grilled hot dogs to customers. Guests will also receive 20 percent off their entire purchases all day long.

Visit pikenursery.com to find your nearest Pike location.